Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
SmileBox - how to remove mystart.smilebox.com and search.smilebox.com?
SmileBox is a popular application used to make collages, scrapbooks, and slide shows. Whilst the application itself is not malware or a virus, the creators of this app use some deceptive methods to monetize their free program. If you download and install this program without closely checking each installation progress window, you will inadvertently install a browser toolbar and your homepage will be changed to mystart.smilebox.com
Furthermore, SmileBox may be installed on your PC whilst installing free software downloaded from the Internet. Some software developers bundle these third party apps in order to monetize their own programs. As mentioned, SmileBox is not a computer security threat, though having this type of software installed on your PC could place your privacy and PC security at risk.
Why should you uninstall SmileBox from your computer?
- Smilebox changes your default search engine (most commonly Google, Bing, etc.) provider to search.smilebox.com
- This app changes your default homepage to mystart.smilebox.com
- SmileBox is sometimes bundled with third party free software and can install on your computer without your knowledge
If you have willingly installed SmileBox on your computer and you are happy with the services received, then no action is necessary. Bear in mind, however, that this app employs deceptive monetization methods, which could place your privacy at risk, thus clearly presenting a case for removing it from your PC - the choice is yours. If you have not willingly installed this program, and your Internet browsers are being redirected to mystart.smilebox.com and search.smilebox.com, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate this software and associated toolbars from your PC.
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "Smilebox", "SmileBox EN Toolbar" and "Web Assistant" select them and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Smilebox", "SmileBox EN Toolbar" and "Web Assistant" select these entries and click Remove.
After uninstalling SmileBox app and toolbar, it is recommended that you scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove the entries that this programs detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
SmileBox Toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove SmileBox Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for SmileBox Toolbar related entries (SmileBox EN Toolbar, SmileBox EN Toolbar, Web Assistant) and disable them.
Remove SmileBox Toolbar from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "SmileBox EN" and "Web Assistant", select them and click on the trash can icon.
Remove SmileBox Toolbar from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "SmileBox EN" and "Web Assistant".
Manual SmileBox removal:
If you were unable to remove SmileBox using the steps above, you can use this manual removal instruction. Use it at your own risk, since if you do not have strong computer knowledge, you could harm your operating system. Be careful and use it only if you are an experienced computer user. (Instructions on how to end processes, remove registry entries...)
End these SmileBox processes:
Remove these SmileBox registry entries: